New BBC Documentary On Singapore


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BBC Two, The Fall of Singapore: The Great Betrayal

Synopsis said:
Pearl Harbor and the Fall of Singapore: 70 years ago these huge military disasters shook both Britain and America, but they conceal a secret so shocking it has remained hidden ever since. This landmark film by Paul Elston tells the incredible story of how it was the British who gave the Japanese the knowhow to take out Pearl Harbor and capture Singapore. For 19 years before the fall of Singapore to the Japanese, British officers were spying for Japan. Worse still, the Japanese had infiltrated the very heart of the British establishment - through a mole who was a peer of the realm known to Churchill himself.
 

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Rashkae

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kei1309 said:
screw it. i need the iPlayer app.

thank you BBC for not letting Android have it too..
Huh? Works fine.... watching it on my android now. I just needed to change my phone region to uk
 

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See
[video=youtube;ST8n3C9QUMA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST8n3C9QUMA[/video]
Thanks for the youtube link. Was having difficulty trying to get it to load on BBC
 

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A little know fact, the British Indian Army Captain by the name of "Patrick Stanley Vaughan Heenan" who had conducted espionage for the Empire of Japan was eventually tried and convicted of treason before being executed at Keppel Harbour by his British prison guards in the final days before the Fortress of Singapore fell to the Empire of Japan.

His name still remained engraved on a wall in the Kranji Commonwealth War Memorial alongside thousands of others who died honourably.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) said:
Name: Heenan, Patrick Stanley Vaughan

Nationality: Indian

Rank: Captain

Regiment/Service: 16th Punjab Regiment

Age: 33 (See Below)

Date of Death: 15/02/1944 (default date set for those MIA during the Malayan Campaign and the Battle of Singapore)

Service No: 547/AI

Additional information: Son of George Charles Heenan and of Anne Heenan of Cheam Surrey

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 263

Memorial: Singapore Kranji Commonwealth War Memorial
 

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Thanks for sharing. The Straits Times was as crap 70 years ago as it is now.

Who knows perhaps next time someone visit a barber, he or she may just be a full colonel in a foreign power possibly tasked with providing pre-strike and post-strike Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) next door for his employer. :bsmilie:
 

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Thanks for sharing. The Straits Times was as crap 70 years ago as it is now.
But now they have Stomp! :bsmilie:
 

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ya know... they could have, due to technology... already printed that front page
It was mentioned "... The report on the air raid was a small real estate on page 8, with no screaming title and accompanying illustration..." but you may be right though, time constraint could be an influencing factor on the minimal coverage.
 

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I think during that time British is over stretch with Europe war... that's why almost they didn;t provide much support thier colonies in the pacific... an US around that time cant join the pacific war, so they let pearl harbour to go down to give them reason to join the war...
 

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It would be nice for the British if they can simply blame the downfall of their empire on a few traitors. It is also amazing that Sempill could join the Admiralty despite being monitored closely by MI5. Ultimately the war is the hellish doings of persons like Hitler, Hideki and Hirohito.
 

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I think during that time British is over stretch with Europe war... that's why almost they didn;t provide much support thier colonies in the pacific... an US around that time cant join the pacific war, so they let pearl harbour to go down to give them reason to join the war...
Not really, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was sitting by as Adolf Hitler blitzkrieged across continental Europe with little resistance up till the final months of 1939. Many members in the House of Lords and House of Commons are actually anti-semitics who sympathises with the causes of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi), this also included members of the British Royal Family such as King Edward VIII before his abdication, and thus preferred a policy of appeasement.

The Queen Mother (Queen Elizabeth) even once said that Adolf Hitler can invade the United Kingdom for all she cares as long as the monarchy is not abolished.
 

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Not really, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was sitting by as Adolf Hitler blitzkrieged across continental Europe with little resistance up till the final months of 1939. Many members in the House of Lords and House of Commons are actually anti-semitics who sympathises with the causes of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi), this also included members of the British Royal Family such as King Edward VIII before his abdication, and thus preferred a policy of appeasement.

The Queen Mother (Queen Elizabeth) even once said that Adolf Hitler can invade the United Kingdom for all she cares as long as the monarchy is not abolished.
Yes. exactly. and also the fact that their army was pretty much stretched thin.
 

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